Dolstad Church

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Dolstad Church
Dolstad kirke
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View of the church
Dolstad Church is located in Nordland
Dolstad Church
Dolstad Church
Location of the church
Dolstad Church is located in Norway
Dolstad Church
Dolstad Church
Dolstad Church (Norway)
65°50′40″N 13°12′14″E / 65.8445°N 13.2040°E / 65.8445; 13.2040Coordinates: 65°50′40″N 13°12′14″E / 65.8445°N 13.2040°E / 65.8445; 13.2040
LocationVefsn, Nordland
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded12th century
DedicationSt. Michael
Consecrated7 August 1735
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Nils Pedersen Bech
Architectural typeLong church
DeaneryIndre Helgeland prosti

Dolstad Church (Norwegian: Dolstad kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Vefsn Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the town of Mosjøen. It is the church for the Dolstad parish which is part of the Indre Helgeland prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The red, wooden church was built in a octagonal style in 1734 by the architect Nils Pedersen Bech. The church seats about 500 people.[1][2]


This is the third church to be built on this site since the 12th century. The oldest surviving historical records of the church building date back to 1589. Records from 1666 mention that the church building had recently been renovated or completely rebuilt. The church was a log building in the cruciform style. In 1730, work on a new church was begun and construction lasted for four years. The new building has four arms attached to the central octagon creating an octagonal-cruciform floor plan with a steeple above the in the center of the church. After the new church was completed, the old church building was torn down. The church was consecrated by 7 August 1735 by the local provost Anders Dass, the son of poet and priest Petter Dass. In 1750, the church was dedicated to St. Michael.[3][4]


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  1. ^ "Dolstad kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ "Dolstad menighet" (in Norwegian). Vefsn fellesråd. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  4. ^ "Dolstad kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 2018-09-30.